Office of the Provost

As the chief academic office of the University the responsibility to administer the academic programs and the faculty of the University, under the President, is entrusted.

It is Harding's mission to teach our students to integrate faith, learning, and living successfully by providing an excellent academic foundation.  Our faculty seek to teach and demonstrate to students how to integrate faith into what they are learning for the profession that they seek to join.

In collaboration with the provost council, academic deans and chairs, the Provost evaluates and develops the academic curriculum, continually assessing majors to make sure that our students are well prepared as they graduate and enter the workplace.


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Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar (Future Terms, PDF)

Disability Requirements

Faculty - Current

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Testing Office



Undergraduate Student Handbook pdf

Graduate/Professional Student Handbook pdf


Compliance Issues


Under federal regulations, institutions of higher education are required to come into compliance with federal requirements regarding the definition and assignment of credit hours as set forth in 34 CFR §600 and §668.


Harding University Policy and Resources

In the Fall of 2012, Harding University approved a university-wide policy (pdf) regarding credit hours. 

To comply with this policy, Harding created a Credit Hour Calculator (xlsx) (CHC).  This tool is used to evaluate the academic requirements of every course to ensure that the course meets federal regulations and includes a research-based component regarding the time that should be allocated for different levels of reading difficulty and different levels of student proficiency. 

How to use the Credit Hour Calculator:

1. With a copy of a course syllabus, complete the information at the top of the form, including the number of credit hours assigned to the course.

2. Identify the level of reading difficulty associated with course assignments and the level of student proficiency.  (For most courses, the default is to assume all students are of average ability.)

3. Using the syllabus, enter course assignments.

4. The CHC will calculate whether the required number of hours has been met.

The examples below show how data can be entered for different types of courses:

POLS 435 Constitutional Law (xlsx): This example is an application of how assignments that are listed chronologically in a syllabus are entered into the CHC spreadsheet.

- HNRS 203 The Human Situation (xlsx): This example shows how a summary of assignments can be entered.

- MATH 200 Elementary Statistics (xlsx): This example shows how a course that has the same weekly assignments can demonstrate compliance in a more compact format.

Syllabus Statement: Each course is required to contain this syllabus statement (docx) regarding credit hours.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 2013 Conference

Representatives from Harding University gave a presentation (pptx) regarding the CHC at the Higher Learning Commission conference in April 2013. It summarizes the process that was used in the development of this tool, as well as the research behind it.

The handout (pdf) provides some examples as well as a summary of the research that was used in the development of the CHC.

Global Literacy Requirements

In recognition of the interrelatedness of world cultures and the Christian mission of worldwide evangelism, the global literacy requirement ensures that a liberal arts education includes the development of skills, knowledge, or dispositions that will help students interact meaningfully with the world, specifically beyond the borders of the United States.  The range of skills and content knowledge applicable to this category suggests that the general goals of global literacy may be met in a variety of ways through a combination of courses listed in the catalog.

The global literacy requirement is waived for all international students.  Other students who wish to apply for a waiver of the global literacy requirements (on the basis of extended residence abroad, for example) may have their appeal considered by the Global Literacy Committee.

To submit a waiver request the student must:

1. Log into Pipeline.
2. Select the Student menu from the My HU Info menu.
3. Select the Student Records menu.
4. Select the Global Literacy Waiver Request menu item.
5. Complete the form, and press "Send Letter."

You should receive a reply to your request for waiver within one business week.

Meet our Staff



Larry L. Long

Larry R. Long, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University
Faculty member at Harding University since 1976

Dr. Long, Provost, holds the rank of Distinguished Professor of English, having received the Distinguished Teacher Award three times. Reporting to the President, his responsibilities include faculty, curriculum development and review, accreditation and other administrative functions.


Associate Provost

Marty Spears

Marty Spears, Ph.D.
Rice University
Faculty member at Harding University since 2000

Dr. Spears, Associate Provost, is also an Associate Professor of Mathematics. Between teaching and assisting students, Dr. Spears is also the director of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Assistant Provosts

Julie A. Hixson-Wallace

Julie A. Hixson-Wallace, Pharm.D., BCPS
Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy
Faculty member at Harding University since 2006

Dr. Hixson-Wallace, Assistant Provost for the Center for Health Sciences, is also a Professor and Dean of the College of Pharmacy.  She teaches in the areas of cardiovascular therapeutics and clinical pharmacokinetics.

Cheri Yecke

Cheri Pierson Yecke, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
Faculty member at Harding University since 2008

Dr. Yecke, Assistant Provost for Graduate Programs, is also a Professor of Political Science. In addition to oversight of the graduate programs and projects for the provost, she teaches constitutional law and administrative law.


Assistant to the Provost

Nancy Tackett

Nancy Tackett, MMIN
Harding University
Harding staff member since 2002


Office Administrative Assistant

Courtney Eaken

Courtney Eaken, B.B.A.
Harding University
Harding staff member since 2006

Contact Us

Location: Administration room 102

Mailing address:
Harding University
Office of the Provost
Box 10773
Searcy, AR 72149-5615